NASA researchers went on a very special hurricane hunt this past year. The six-week field campaign, called GRIP, for Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes (GRIP) experiment, was one of the agency's largest hurricane research efforts.
The goal was to gather new information on how hurricanes form and intensify. To do that, scientists needed to catch tropical depressions in the act of turning from loose collections of winds into full-blown hurricanes. Once they had a storm in their sights, the plan was to collect as much information as possible about its development using the latest remote-sensing technology.